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An Infant in Alabama Died with Marijuana in His System and a Crushed Skull. Now, His Mother and Her Boyfriend Are Accused of Murder.

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Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department

Oct. 23 2023, Published 12:04 p.m. ET

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A mother and her boyfriend in Alabama are accused of murdering her 15-month-old son after an autopsy showed the baby had marijuana in his system and died from blunt force trauma to the head, authorities said.

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In April 2021, the infant, Emery Michael-Knox Wilson, was having trouble breathing, and he was rushed to an area hospital in Lawrence County and then transferred to a medical facility in Birminghan, where he died.

At the time, the baby’s mother, Jordan Ellan Harmon, 27, was arrested and charged with child abuse, and she was later released on $60,000 bond, according to WAFF.

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“He had a broken arm but it started to heal back. He had a crushed skull and numerous abrasions," Lawrence County Sheriff Max Sanders said of the baby’s condition, WHNT reported.

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Nearly 10 months later, the sheriff’s office received autopsy and toxicology results related to the death. “The child died from blunt force trauma to the head,” Sheriff Sanders said, explaining the child had abrasions and lacerations to the scalp as well as marijuana in his system.

“It’s a 15-month-old child [who] can’t help [himself],” Sanders noted.

On Jan. 26, 2022, investigators questioned Harmon about the autopsy and toxicology report results. A day earlier, her boyfriend, Travius Sebastion Coleman, 28, was also questioned. They were both placed under arrest, police said.

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A grand jury recently indicted the couple and charged each with felony murder, WHNT reported.

Court documents obtained by the station claim Harmon and Coleman allegedly were involved in “shaking, hitting, striking, or otherwise inflicting serious injury” to the baby boy and “inflicting blunt force injuries on more than one occasion." The documents claim the pair did “torture, willfully abuse, cruelly beat or otherwise willfully maltreat” the child.

WHNT reports Harmon, the child's mother, faces additional charges in connection with allegedly “refusing to seek medical attention…for having serious injuries that required medical attention and treatment, including, but not excluding injuries to his head, arm and groin area on at least three separate occasions.”

Coleman was also faces a count of aggravated child abuse.

Harmon, the child's mother, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

According to WAFF, Harmon has three other children who are in the care of family.

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Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department
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